Texas landscape design has evolved into the mentality that everything truly is bigger in the Lone Star State, as the world of gardening, landscaping, and finding new ways of beautifying one’s property is at the forefront of most homeowner’s minds today.
The newest and latest trends are environmentally-friendly and sustainable gardening, and elegant landscaping using native plants, shrubs, and grasses that will thrive in the bright Texas sun top the list of important aspects of outdoor design.
Texas Landscape Design for the Beginner
A generally dry climate year-round and the frequency of drought-like conditions are some of the main reasons that Texas landscape design is left to experts, as many beginners are wary about undertaking such projects on their own. Although, with a bit of knowledge, the right products, designs, and guidance, it’s possible to create magnificent surroundings regardless of temperature.
The term xeriscape was first coined over 30 years ago and translates to mean “desert landscaping,” coming from the Greek word for dry, xeros. However, if visions of green cacti and brown patches come to mind, think again, as xeriscaping has evolved into so much more than simply eliminating the often sparse feel of desert regions.
Of course, there are areas of Texas that are green with plenty of lush areas rich with forests, as well as countless grassy plains. There are also areas where drought-like conditions occur creating the ideal environment for Texas native plants.
Choosing the right type of plants and flowers based on where you live in the state is imperative as you’ll want to choose those that are either drought tolerant or resistant, if necessary.
No type of plant life will survive forever without water, which is why the proper irrigation, and plenty of mulch are also essentials.
Plants and Flowers: Alyssum – Beebalm – California Poppy – Cosmos – Daylily – Goldenrod – Hosta – Iris – Lamb’s Ears – Nasturtium – Salvia nemerosa – Veronica – Zinnia.
Grasses and Shrubs: Aronia (Chokeberry) – Buddleia, also know as the Butterfly Bush – Caryopteris – Fescue – Fountain Grass (Pennisetum) – Maiden Grass (Miscanthus) – Switch Grass (Panicum).
The Beauty of Specialty Gardens and Texas Landscape Design
Creating specialty gardens is another possibility utilizing native plants, hardy grasses, and drought-resistant shrubs and flowers that will not only be aesthetically pleasing, but also be suitable for the Texas climate, whether it’s in the humid Rio Grande valley region, dry El Paso, or in the tornado-prone Red River valley.
View the video below to find out how to grow a butterfly garden:
Heat actually helps the butterfly to fly, so be sure to include several flat rocks for them to sit and lounge on before taking flight. To attract a host of adult butterflies, plant a variety of flowers that will grow at varying heights such as asters, black-eyed Susan, butterfly bushes, milkweed, and purple coneflowers.
Other elements to consider:
- Water features: The desert-like feel that many Texas homeowners in areas such as Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and Austin work tirelessly to avoid in their gardens is easily eradicated with the addition of a water feature. Choose from elaborate fountains, soothing reflective ponds, or even the simple birdbath or two.
- Shade features: Arbors, pergolas, pavilions, and gazebos are all simple ways of implementing shade into your outdoor living space, as well as visual interest. Plant life is another way of adding shade, along with color, to your gardens, including vines, such as the evergreen armandii clematis.
- Stones and rocks: It’s simple to add depth and appeal to any type of garden or landscaping with stones and rocks, which are available in a dizzying array of colors, shades, sizes, shapes, and textures. Also, add bright splashes of color in the form of flowers that will do well in rock gardens and full-sun areas.